It has been awhile!
Yes, I have to say that it has been a few months since I have posted. I can truly say that it’s not due to inactivity. A few injuries in my family caused my time to be completely redirected, but now that everything seems to be getting back on track, I am attempting to get back on schedule with my blog posts.
But first, an update!
So, math? lol. In a previous post, Math and Game Design, I talked about my fears around not getting enough Math in my curriculum in school. I found out the deficit was due to how my major was coded and if I wanted to get more Math, I would have to change my major. I did so without hesitation. My major originally was a double major in Computer Science and Graphic Design. I thought this was a good route to follow considering my desired future in making video games. But then I learned that my school cut out a lot of the math options in order to accommodate the double major status. Now that I have that situated, Calculus I and II, Discrete Math, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations are all part of my near future! Well, I actually completed Calculus I already and that was a challenge, but I did well!
Somehow, Math made me a cave dwelling loner…
The last Math class I took prior to Calculus I was Trig in 2001. Yes, I’m old. I’ve always excelled in Math without effort. I took AP Calculus in high school and although I placed in Calculus II on my placement test, I still decided to only take Trig because it was the minimum requirement for my major at the time (I was a tad lazy back then). I got a B in the class, even though I only came to class for quizzes and exams. To further demonstrate my laziness, I had a friend sign me in for attendance and turn in my home assignments. I mean, 8am classes are just evil. Anyway, the true point is that not only had I not taken a Math class in 14 years (damn), I also did not put much effort into the class that I did take. To say that I was a bit intimidated to take Calculus after such a gap in time, is a monumental understatement. I spent HOURS reading, watching YouTube, doing practice problems, pulling my hair out, and having mini heart attacks while waiting for grades to be posted. But in the end, I feel as though it was all worth it. I mean, who cares if I growled at people who came within 10 feet of me, or that I locked myself in my room while I solved problems that took up both sides of the paper? The point was that I was figuring it all out…
League of Legends… My saving grace…
I found that breaking up my studies with a wholesome (lol) game of LoL was really beneficial to me. I could virtually shoot things, yell at my monitor, giggle when I killed things and then get back to my studies. I also played my favorite streamers in the background while I studied and often the ambient noises of game play or hearing a funny joke would make me giggle and I would relax significantly. On too many occasions to count, when I returned to my math problems, the answers that I couldn’t figure out were so obvious to me, all I needed was to step away for a bit. What better way to step away than video games 🙂
This session, I’m taking Discrete Math, Computer Graphics, and Calculus II. Three classes that are drenched in Math and I’m actually looking forward to it. After taking Calculus I, I rediscovered what I had loved so much about Math so long before. The primary concept being how many applications of Mathematics there are in the world. Math is everywhere, and the more I study and appreciate it, the more I see it in my every day life. Although my course load this session is likely to keep me a cave-dwelling loner, I promise to leave my cave to share more of my story!
Math is yummy. If you’re into programming, don’t be afraid to take those extra math classes, so far I have seen just how every single math concept I’ve learned can be applied to Computer Science! Also, play video games.